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Microsoft to Offer Technology Licensing (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. is trying to make some money off some of its spare technology, offering entrepreneurs and venture capitalists licenses to such inventions as tamperproof identification card software and computer tricks that make chintzy speakers sound top-notch.

Microsoft Patch Day: 1 Bulletin Expected (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - The solitary bulletin will provide a fix for a Windows flaw and carries a maximum severity rating of "important."

Microsoft licensing its spare software (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - In what amounts to a garage sale of technology, Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will license some of the spare technology its researchers have developed to start-ups.

Bill Gates, Longhorn Wrangler (BusinessWeek Online)
BusinessWeek Online - On May 2, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates addressed the Society of American Business Editors' conference in Seattle. In an on-stage question-and-answer session with BusinessWeek Seattle Bureau Chief Jay Greene, Gates talked about blogging, the video-game market, the next version of Windows, and whether Microsoft is a mature company. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow:

Microsoft Offers R&D to Small Companies, Startups (PC World)
PC World - Areas include gaming, databases, multimedia, and security, among others.

Showtime Teams with Microsoft on Xbox Promotion (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Viacom (NYSE: VIAb) subsidiary Showtime Networks is teaming with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) on a marketing tie-in featuring the new Xbox video game console.

Microsoft Adds a New Wrinkle to 'Genuine Advantage' Initiative (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Microsoft is offering Windows Professional users a new incentive to turn in those selling allegedly counterfeit product: A free replacement copy (with a few strings attached).

Microsoft Pitches Technology-For-Equity Licensing To Entrepreneurs (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The new Microsoft Intellectual Property Ventures has a menu of 20 technologies available for licensing by small companies and startups.

Gates touts Xbox, takes jabs at Apple (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - SEATTLE - An uncharacteristically relaxed, witty Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates gave a wide-ranging talk Monday about the future of technological innovation, while dropping hints about the company's coming Xbox game system and taking mild shots at Apple Computer's rival operating system.

Microsoft: We Want to Be Another Xerox PARC (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - The Redmond software vendor has established a new division charged with licensing Microsoft-Research-developed technologies to startups and venture capitalists.

Yahoo Video Search Tool Out of Test Phase (AP)
AP - Yahoo Inc. shifted its online video search tool out of its test phase Wednesday, marking another step in the Internet powerhouse's plan to use other media to lure more visitors to its Web site.

REVIEW: OpenOffice a Strong Competitor (AP)
AP - It's weird how things can come back to bite you. Microsoft Corp. killed off the competition for office software suites and became a de facto monopoly in the area, with what result? The competition is back and, this time, it's free!

Microsoft to Offer Technology Licensing (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. is trying to make some money off some of its spare technology, offering entrepreneurs and venture capitalists licenses to such inventions as tamperproof identification card software and computer tricks that make chintzy speakers sound top-notch.

Review: Cheaper Laptops Full of Features (AP)
AP - When you're buying something as pricey as a new laptop, it takes courage to stray from the comfort of established names like Dell, IBM and Sony. And it's the sort of courage that can easily lead to "penny-wise, pound-foolish" regrets after the purchase.

Internet Cuts Need for Bike Messengers (AP)
AP - Bicycle messengers once crowded downtown traffic to deliver court papers, business documents and blueprints. Today, only one such company and one lone courier pump along on any given workday in Maine's biggest city.

Spokane Paper Risked Scoop by Tipping Off Mayor to Probe (Editor and Publisher)
Editor and Publisher - NEW YORK Near the end of the three-year investigation that led to a front-page story today alleging sexual misconduct by the mayor of Spokane, Wash., the Spokesman-Review there took an unusual step -- hiring a "forensic computer expert" to verify Mayor Jim West's online activities by posing as a young man.

Calif. violent video game bill passes committee (Reuters)
Reuters - California lawmakers reconsidered and approved a bill in committee on Thursday that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors.

Jackson Trial: Cue the Defense (E! Online)
E! Online - Michael Jackson didn't own a cell phone. He referred to money as "French fries." He dressed as a clown so fans wouldn't recognize him.

Qualcomm Adds Linux Support To 3G Chipsets (TechWeb)
TechWeb - CDMA chipset vendor adds Linux support to one product now and will include it in future 3G chipsets.

Siebel Admits Considering 'Opportunities' (AP)
AP - With takeover talk swirling around the company, troubled business software maker Siebel Systems Inc. acknowledged Thursday that it's considering several "opportunities" to boost its slumping stock, but didn't say whether the proposals included an acquisition offer.

Yahoo Video Search Tool Out of Test Phase (AP)
AP - Yahoo Inc. shifted its online video search tool out of its test phase Wednesday, marking another step in the Internet powerhouse's plan to use other media to lure more visitors to its Web site.

Spokane Paper Risked Scoop by Tipping Off Mayor to Probe (Editor and Publisher)
Editor and Publisher - NEW YORK Near the end of the three-year investigation that led to a front-page story today alleging sexual misconduct by the mayor of Spokane, Wash., the Spokesman-Review there took an unusual step -- hiring a "forensic computer expert" to verify Mayor Jim West's online activities by posing as a young man.

Google Releases Web Accelerator (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Google launches in beta software that the company says will speed up the time it takes to search the Internet and to load web content.

RealNetworks Swings To A Profit (TechWeb)
TechWeb - RealNetworks swung to a profit in the first quarter, getting a big boost from its online games and pay-to-rent music service.

Google trying to patent news ranking by quality (Reuters)
Reuters - Web search leader Google Inc. has applied for U.S. and international patents on technology to rank stories on its news site based on the quality of the news source, according to patent applications obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

Yahoo Stokes Search Engine Rivalry By Propelling Video Search (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Yahoo Inc., which is racing against Google in offering better video-search capabilities, brought its service out of beta and says it has added searchable content from CBS News, MTV and other media channels.

Pope's old car sells on Internet for nearly quarter million dollars (AFP)
AFP - Pope Benedict XVI's former car has sold for nearly a quarter of a million dollars after an Internet auction that saw bids rocket in the space of a few hours, organisers said.

China Is Overtaking The U.S. In Broadband Deployment Race (TechWeb)
TechWeb - China is overtaking the U.S. in number of broadband subscribers and is expected to only trail the U.S. marginally at the end of this year, says a report.

Sober Hasn't Slowed, Still Accounts For 4 of 5 Worms And Viruses (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Sober.p, the worm that stormed the Internet Monday, is showing no signs of fading away, an anti-virus vendor says.

ICANN Sticks Up for Trademark Holders (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Opinion: Some people complain about systems designed to protect intellectual-property owners, but ICANN's dispute resolution seems well designed and beneficial.

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